Bio & Essays

Julie Tetel Andresen has always loved history, travel and foreign languages. She has lived for extended periods in Germany, France, Romania and Vietnam. When she is not out of the country, she can be found in Durham, North Carolina or Orlando, Florida, as well as New York City.

She grew up with a passion for playing the piano. As an adult she transferred that passion into writing romance novels and scholarly books about language. She likens writing essays in foreign languages to playing scales and arpeggios as warm-up exercises for writing in English. She also practices yoga on a regular basis and thinks of learning new grammatical forms as trying new mental asanas: can she get her leg behind her head in Romanian or get into full lotus in Vietnamese? No? Well, then, how about triangle pose or half-lotus?

For those of you interested in the two types of writing that I do – the romance novels and the academic linguistics – you may wish to read my chapter “Postmodern Identity (Crisis)” in Romantic Conventions, edited by Anne K. Kaler and Rosemary E. Johnson-Kurek (Ohio State University Press).

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GERMANY

Early on in my academic career, it was difficult to find Americans who were interested in linguistic historiography. It was more the French and German scholars who wrote on the subject. Therefore, some of my earliest essays are in French and German, because that is where my audience was.

FRANCE

Early on in my academic career, it was difficult to find Americans who were interested in linguistic historiography. It was more the French and German scholars who wrote on the subject. Therefore, some of my earliest essays are in French and German, because that is where my audience was.

ROMANIA

Romania has become my second home, and I spend my summers in Bucharest. I love the life I live here in Romanian, and I take great pleasure in writing about various aspects of my life in Romanian, usually “amintirile mele” (my memories) of my life before Romania.

VIETNAM

I studied at the Vietnamese Language School in Saigon from January through June of 2012. While I was there I wrote 24 essays. Here are 4 of them.